Switch sales almost double Nintendo profit outlook

Switch sales almost double Nintendo profit outlook

That's a significant bump up from a prior outlook for 10 million units for the fiscal year, and would translate to a total of 16.7 million units sold come March 2018, per The Verge.

Nintendo has almost doubled its full-year profits forecast thanks to the success of its new Switch hybrid game machine.

In case the 14 million sales forecast holds then the Nintendo Switch will have sold more units in one year than the Wii U sold during its lifespan.

The signs are already promising.

Combined with the 3 million Switch sales Nintendo made in March of this year, that makes an expected total sales number of 17 million in one year and one month of the Switch's lifespan.

Nintendo has doubled its revenue estimate for 2017 following demand for the Nintendo Switch console. Key to that may be overcoming whatever issue it is that is constraining supply on Nintendo's side.

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Nintendo swung to a six-month profit of 69.6 billion yen ($613.8 million) from a loss a year ago.

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Given Nintendo has persistently struggled to keep enough Switch console on the physical and virtual shelves, the achievement is even more marked. It's hardly surprising though given how disappointing the Wii U performed. With the Switch, Nintendo dug itself out of the hole by not only winning back hardcore gamers, but also defending its core family demographic. But the lack of games for that device relegated lifetime sales to 13.56 million units before Nintendo ended production.

But Nintendo appears to have learned from that experience as it prepares to roll out a mobile version of another popular game, "Animal Crossing".

In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Champion's Ballad, the second The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild expansion, is still on track to be released this year.

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